April is Volunteer Month when we celebrate the positive impacts that volunteers make in communities. In the United States, families and organizations instill volunteerism at a young age. It is the cornerstone of summer vacation or woven into after-school programs in many parts of the country. Nonprofits like Valley Village would not function without volunteers.
Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. They pick a cause and make a difference in someone’s life. Sometimes the difference a drop in the bucket. Other times it creates a tidal wave of change. Volunteers who support Valley Village help in many ways. They host and help with our Super Saturday Program for residential clients. Volunteers make light of work at Valley Village events. Community volunteers and employees from local businesses engage in Valley Village’s Adopt a House Program. Volunteers help with projects at our office that staff would not accomplish on top of their regular duties. They serve on committees and Valley Village’s Board of Directors and Foundation Board. Volunteers help make light of this heavy lifting, and we appreciate every hour they give to support our mission.
In the last year, volunteers adapted to virtual engagement programs at Valley Village. We maintained contact with volunteers through regular virtual events on Zoom, like the Halloween-themed event. Volunteers remained engaged with Valley Village through safe activities like sewing masks for clients and staff. Volunteers helped make Valley Village’s Drive-Thru Trunk-Or-Treat event fun for day program participants and residential clients. They helped decorate for the event, wore scary costumes, and helped the staff give goodie bags to clients’ care providers.
Thank you to volunteers who have given their time to Valley Village over the years. We appreciate you and the ways you support our mission to protect, foster, develop, and advance the rights and interests of people with developmental disabilities.
Whether it’s during Volunteer Month or another time of the year, we encourage you to volunteer. Many volunteers tell us they receive just as much in return when they give their time to Valley Village. And when you do volunteer this month, be sure to share the hashtag #NationalVolunteerMonth with your picture on social media.